Investigation of IBH outbreaks in Australian meat breeder/broiler flocks an


The main outcomes of this project will be a better understanding of the status of Australian chicken flocks in relation to adenovirus infection and also involvement of immuno-suppressive agents in suspected field outbreaks of IBH. This project will address the immediate questions: a) Have histopathological examinations confirmed IBH outbreaks and if so, are the outbreaks caused by the vaccine type? b) If not the vaccine, what type is it? c) Is it a primary pathogen? d) Is this the same virus in all outbreaks? Is there a new vertically-transmitted disease or classical IBH following immuno-suppression?


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

The University of Melbourne

Objective Summary

To establish the necessary diagnostic tools to allow avian adenoviruses to be isolated and typed in Australia. To use these tools to investigate outbreaks of inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) in Australian breeder and broiler flocks. To establish an avian adenovirus diagnostic facility and ongoing typing service for the Australian chicken industry.

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Friday, January 29, 2010

National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

National Priority

Protecting Australia from invasive diseases and pests

National Priority

CME-Improve chicken meat production through the whole supply chain